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for seniors. guest: first, the $716 billion worth of cuts from medicare. senior citizens, they like to say they have paid into the system all in their adult life. but the fact is, you cut $716 billion out of medicare, you add a 30 million new customers, you have 10,000 baby boomers retire in daily. the numbers do add up. i think senior is backedin 2009, senior citizens were opposed to the bill back then. people were talking about who had read it and who had not read it. the speaker of the house of the times said, we have to pass it to see what is in it. i think seniors were the only ones to read it. this of the cuts on the horizon. i think we're going to start seeing rationing if we are not already. host: in a news release put out by the 60 plus association after the election, you are quoted as saying -- talk to me about the plans. what is it you want to do in the days of the lame-duck part of congress. is there anything you can do? will you be lobbying members of congress, some of whom may not of backedin january? guest: besides health care, you touched on a couple of things. energy indep
. you need structure readjustment with the entitlements, also, with social security, medicare, medicaid, also, and, also, the tax reform. the republicans have talked about revenue coming in from growth jobs and getting the economy going. when you get the economy going, you get more money coming into the irs and treasury/ when more americans are at work, they are paying. i don't believe it -- it is , woodymr. norquist said, it is a pledge to the people. some of those senators wanting to raise -- wanting not to raise taxes, that pledge, they knew what would happen to them, they would get run out of state. first i want to see president obama's cards on the table. host: jerry is up next in st. charles, missouri. good morning. caller: one of the things i would like to talk about is the waste in government. i see it continuously in ads on. on a completely off as far as a meter for your diabetes. they say it is free. you have to watch the price. the waste in government has been going on a longtime. why did they not attack it the last 20 years? the waste has been there forever. god bless repres
. these people want to go around saying obama, obama wally is cutting your social security and medicare in your home deductions are really happy. we are not in this for nothing. nobody cares about us because we want to be so proud of president obama. and let him defund social security. the democrats have no intention of ending the debt ceiling now, because they want to give away more democratic priorities. we hostages. when the republicans have not given anything yet, that is what you get here you get your priorities cut. because you did not say a word. so sit back in your house and yelled obama, obama while he takes all of the food out of your mouth. host: let me echo some sentiments your efforts to facee spending resistance. the two senators, the story often notes that this is what they would like to see from the president. they want him to start negotiations at a one-one ratio. putting them in line with many in the parties that want to see a harder line taken by democrats. some advocating going over the fiscal cliff. democratic caller, mary, what do you think? having delivered the cliff and
protected from the sequester, answered other things like social security. and it affects medicare in a different way than the other part of the budget. they cannot cut pay under a sequester. what is the more likely scenario affecting pay would be furloughs, in the event as a question goes into affect. it's likely there would be widespread --certain chances federal agencies, people would be asked to take time off without pay. host: a hiring freeze? guest: that could very well happen. a hiring freeze and a slowdown in promotions would be two things that would happen probably relatively quickly in the event the sequester went into affect. host: tricare, the health-care system for military personnel, that would be impacted. guest: that would be subject to the same 9.4% across-the-board cut as the rest of defense. tricare for life, which affects military retirees, that is exempted. it does not mean immediately everybody's premiums would increase, but it does mean providers and insurers would be subject to that cut. that whatever affects on the benefits they provide to the troops. host:
-- is it true that current revenue only -- interest pays social tree, medicare and medicaid, and the rest is borrowed? guest: it is true that the discretionary part of the budget, everything else, nuclear facilities, the justice department, education, is a small part of the budget. the question is not so much about now, but in the future. in the future, medicare and medicaid spending, into a degree social security, will come to consume the entire budget because of the baby boomer retirement age -- wave and the increasing costs of health care. that is why lawmakers are working hard to get the fiscal house in order. host: we are talking about the so-called fiscal cliff talks happening in washington. if you want to follow along, we are starting a new page c- span.org/fiscalcliff, as well as a twitter feed. we are learning today that there are no face-to-face negotiations. republican leaders and president obama plan to take their arguments to the american people and directly and go on what many are calling a road show. republicans are planning to schedule event with small business owners acro
with medicare and medicaid. they do not do much oversight. they do not try to track waste, fraud, and abuse. one of the ways that would reform things, when you think about how much money we in theory spend on a family of three or four, i would give cash to that family to make sure that they can first be above the poverty line. but also i would not treat them like a child by saying this little amount you can spend on housing, this little amount -- i would not infantilize poor people on welfare like we do today. host: elizabeth lower-basch? guest: president nixon did propose a lower income tax. host: would you support it? guest: it has a lot of appeal. it really does. guest: the current system really infantilizes people. it says not only are you poor, but we are going to tell you how to live your life. it creates a lot of disincentive to take your life in your own hands and take care of your children in the best way that you see fit. parents are the best to know, even if they need help. guest: i think there is this tension of wanting to let people make choices and recognizing that people may have
for health care, i think obama should put them all on medicare. that way the people will not suffer. that is my opinion. let congress handle it. obamacare should not be on the table. i have no problem with us going over the fiscal clef. host: david from union city. good morning. are you with us? ok. dave is turning into the tv rather than the phone call. we will look at the peace study. -- pew study. let's go to marie in alabama, a a democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. can you hear me? i think that the states are already represented through their congresspersons. we do not need to have double representation. host: ok. let's go to springfield, georgia on the independent line. caller: good morning. my comment is there are a number of states that are not paying enough to the federal government. they get a lot more money back. to have these states have more input into the crisis, i think it would be a major mistake. the election has been decided already. obama 1. his referendum should be, it just that, what ever he wants. the states are complaining. they're not paying enough t
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